Israel bombarded Gaza with air strikes early Monday and its aircraft struck Hezbollah cells in southern Lebanon as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened a meeting of his top generals and his war cabinet to assess the escalating conflict. Follow FRANCE 24’s live coverage of the crisis. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).
The latest news in brief:
- Egypt’s military spokesman on Sunday said an unspecified number of border guards sustained “minor injuries” from “fragments of a shell accidentally fired from an Israeli tank”.
- The UN agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA, said that 29 of its staff have been killed in Gaza since October 7.
- French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Tel Aviv on Tuesday to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the French presidential office said on Sunday evening.
- A second aid convoy of 14 trucks reached Gaza on Sunday. UN aid chief Martin Griffiths warned the besieged enclave still needed “more, much more” aid.
- The Hamas government said Sunday that at least 55 people were killed in overnight raids on the Gaza Strip after Israel announced it was stepping up strikes.
- Leaders of the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Britain issued a joint statement that underscored their support for Israel and its right to defend itself, but also urged it to adhere to international humanitarian law and protect civilians.
- The death toll in Gaza rose to 4,651 according to the latest figures from the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry. The official number of people killed in Hamas’s October 7 attack has not been revised since Saturday; it remains at 1,400.
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Key developments from Sunday, October 22:
US President Joe Biden convened a meeting of the so-called Quint – the US, France, Britain, Germany and Italy – plus Canada after speaking with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.
The second aid convoy destined for desperate Palestinian civilians reached Gaza on Sunday, as Israel widened its attacks to include targets in Syria and the occupied West Bank.
Palestinian Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian discussed in a call late on Sunday the means of stopping Israel’s “brutal crimes” in Gaza, Hamas said in a statement.
Read our blog to see how the day’s events unfolded.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)